verb (used with object)
Origin of assail
Examples from the Web for assail
Politics seems to assail Carvalho, forcing him to take up former cudgels and defend his corner.The Foodie Detective: The Pepe Carvalho Novels by Manuel Vázquez Montalbán|Malcolm Forbes|October 3, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The only group that it was okay to assail, she says, was liberals.
Days later, Al Gore suddenly surfaced after months of silence to assail President Obama for his failure to lead on climate change.
In this fight all my dogs did was to assail each bear in front and rear.Winter Adventures of Three Boys|Egerton R. Young
By this way the people sent six Gonfalons, with orders to assail their houses from behind.History Of Florence And Of The Affairs Of Italy|Niccolo Machiavelli
But I had not yet come in sight of Bonneval, when fearful misgivings began to assail me as to what might befall the Countess.The Bright Face of Danger|Robert Neilson Stephens
It is not my desire to assail, not is it my part to defend, the reputation of the great.Simon Dale|Anthony Hope
Your theory, if carried out, would soar beyond the limits of this life, and dare to assail the angelic existences of the next!The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. I.(of II)|Charles James Lever
Word Origin for assail
c.1200, from Old French assalir "attack, assault, assail" (12c., Modern French assaillir), from Vulgar Latin *adsalire "to leap at," from Latin ad- "at" (see ad-) + salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Figurative use from mid-14c. Related: Assailed; assailing; assailable.